BY TIA NICHOLE MCMILLEN
OFFICE OF CORPORATE
COMMUNICATIONS, NAVSUP FLEET
LOGISTICS CENTER SIGONELLA
NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) Sigonella’s site in Rota, Spain, conducted intermodal operations for four U.S. Marine Corps Tiltrotor Medium Lift MV-22B Ospreys on Aug. 8.
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Marines assigned to Marine Medium Lift Squadron VMM-764 and personnel assigned to NAVSUP FLC Sigonella’s site in Rota, Spain, transport MV-22B Osprey aircraft from the Naval Station Rota airfield to the pier in preparation to load on a ship.–photo by MC3 M. Jang
The Ospreys belong to Marine Medium Lift Squadron (VMM-764), a Reserve squadron based in Camp Pendleton, California. VMM-764 served as the air combat element of the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response Africa.
Logistics support representatives, assigned to the Logistics Support Center, ensured proper handling and delivery of the aircrafts from the airfield terminal to the pier. The team used multiple modes of transportation to reduce cargo handling, improve security, minimize damage, and allow quicker freight transportation.
Trained and qualified people are critical to operational execution, operational planning, and operational flexibility. Often, having the right people and right equipment in the right place can mean the difference between success and failure.
Naval Station Rota is strategically located near the Strait of Gibraltar and is the halfway point between the United States and Southwest Asia. It is the only base in the Navy region that has a port and airfield within one fence line and conducts operations 24 hours a day.